Hello there Whole Wheat or Bust readers! I’m Elaine from Om Sweet Om, a blog where I share my passion about yoga and food! What’s not to love about food, right? I sometimes also share tips on yoga, exercising, or day-to-day health. I’ve never done a guest post before, so when Lauren called out for guest posters, I jumped at the chance! Today, I’m going to talk to you lovely readers about some very, very important muscle groups that we often neglect and forget to exercise–our eyes.
Yes, eyes are muscles too! If you blog and/or follow alot of blogs out there, you know that it’s rather time-consuming. Before you know it, you’ve spent hours staring at the computer screen! How do your eyes feel? Tired, strained, heavy? It’s the result of focusing your eyes on one close object for too long. Whenever I have big papers or essays due, I’d be in front of the computer all day for several days. Not only does this make my eyes always tired, I start to develop a headache from the back of my head after a couple of days. This is actually a tension headache caused by straining your eyes too much coupled with the tension you hold in your neck and shoulders as you type.
Like any muscle groups, eyes can be overused. And like any muscle groups, eyes can be “exercised” too much and needs to be “stretched” to relieve the tension! It is recommended that you rest your eyes every half an hour when you’re using the computer, reading, or watching TV.
Here’s a simple eye “stretching exercise” my grandma taught me when I was small. I find it very effective and my eyes feel instantly relaxed.
Eye Stretching Exercise
1. Roll your eyes up as if you’re trying to let it reach the sky. Hold for 2 seconds, then roll your eyes down as if they’re trying to touch the ground and hold for another 2 sec. This is one rep. Repeat 35 more times.
2. Now, roll your eyes to your left, reaching as far left as they could go. Hold for 2 seconds. Roll your eyes to the right and let them streeeeetttttchhhh! Hold for another 2 sec. Repeat 35 more times.
3. Starting from the top, roll your eyes clockwise as if you’re drawing a big circle with your eyes. Do this 18 times and then repeat in the counterclockwise direction for another 18 times. The trick is not to draw your circles too quickly! Imagine that you’re always trying to draw the next circle bigger than your previous one.
4. Your eyes should feel “sore,” but in a good way (like you do when you push your muscles when exercising!). Close your eyes for about 10 seconds, then open them and squeeze your eyes shut a few times. Your eyes should feel much better and much more relaxed by now! It is advisable that you look at something far and green (green is a pleasing color to the eyes!) after this exercise.
Now that you’ve taken care of your eye health, how about some tummy health? Unfortunately, I am not as ingenious in the kitchen as Lauren here. Seriously, this girl creates magic! All her food looks delicious and what’s more, she can just simply whip out a recipe out of her butt (didn’t mean anything offensive!). I, on the other hand, can be quite the disaster in the kitchen. I must have some sort of “guidelines” to help me with my cooking and baking. Rarely do I come up with my own recipes, and when I do, they’re far less than perfect.
Nevertheless, here’s a very simple recipe I’d like to share. I wouldn’t call it my own because it’s what my grandma used to cook for me for breakfast when I was little. It’s an easy yet delicious dish that combines the flavor of eggs and soy sauce.
Soy Sauce Scrambled Eggs
Ingredients: (for one)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce (or more if you like)
- 1/8 tsp sugar
- pinch salt
First, whisk the egg.
Combine the whisked egg with the soy sauce, sugar, and salt in a bowl and whisk.
Add some oil to a pan, or alternatively, spray with cooking spray and heat on medium-high heat.
Once the pan is nice and heated, pour the egg mixture into the pan.
When it just starts to settle, scramble the egg with your spatula. You can either make your eggs big and chunky or in smaller bits (which I like). You can also cook them for however long you want (I like them slightly browned and crispy).
Serve! These are perfect breakfast food (or snack!) and you can eat them with toast, by itself, or whatever strikes your fancy. The recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, etc. This literally takes 5 minutes and is so delicious!
Thanks for hearing me out, lovely readers, and thanks again Lauren for this opportunity! I would love to hear what you think of this dish if you make them!